legislation that enables new classes of council tax discount to be created
to reflect local/national needs.
* A new class of discount where a person living on their own and a member of
the volunteer reserve forces, can apply for a 75% council tax discount if
they are mobilised for a period of 28 days or more at any one time.
* The cabinet also agreed a discount for special constables. Under this
proposal a special constable who is a council tax payer in Hull (or
jointly/severally liable) would be able to claim a 50% discount on their
council tax. (This option is subject to the final approval of the secretary
Colin Inglis, council leader and chairman of the Humberside
Police Authority, said:
'If the council gets the Home office approval it is are seeking Hull will
be the first authority in the country to use the new powers in a selective
and targeted way to help the recruitment of more special police constables
in the Hull area, recognising their important role tackling crime at the
heart of the local community.'
Tom McVie, cabinet member with responsibility for finance and
'The further new council tax discounts are important to Hull because they
will assist single charge payers who may have to serve in Iraq or other
troubled zones in the world and will also help recruit and retain special
constables who serve on the streets of Hull assisting to reduce crime and
protecting the citizens of Hull.'
Any approved discount will only be applicable from 1 April 2004 and will be